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Book Review: Peak by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool

I have read many books that help instill a growth mindset (a belief that you can improve with practice). I've also read many motivational books that get you fired up to work hard towards your goals. However, I haven't read many books that give you scientific and practical tips on how to actually improve your skills. This is why I really enjoyed reading Peak: Secrets From the New Science of Expertise, by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool. In this book, you'll learn the practical training tips that you need to get the most out of your positive mindset and motivation. And while learning the science behind improvement and expertise is the main benefit of this book, it helps improve your attitude and motivation as well! Here are the top lessons I've learned from this book: The human body and brain are extremely adaptable . Most people underestimate the amount of improvement that they can make through practice. They believe that genes and natural talent play a larger role tha

Four Reasons Why Winning Isn't Everything

In today's sports culture, it can be easy to fall into the "winning at all costs" mindset. Since winning championships has become more and more glorified, we're now constantly judged by our outcomes. If we're winning, we're great. If we're losing, we're nobodies. The incentives to succeed are so high that athletes and coaches will go to almost any lengths to win, even if they have to cheat. If we think the top athletes and teams are bending the rules and putting winning above everything else, we think we have to do the same in order to keep up. While all of this ambition has perhaps led to higher standards of excellence, the "winning at all costs" mindset does indeed have costs. Here are four reasons why winning isn't everything: 1. Improvement is more important than winning.  As athletes, we don't just play to win. We also play to challenge ourselves, improve, learn about our limits, and reach our potential. This is obvious when you

How Your Body Language Affects Your Performance

One of the best ways to improve your mindset before and during games is to control your body language. The human mind and body are very interconnected. The mind greatly affects the body, and the body greatly affects the mind. This means that you can improve your mindset by consciously controlling your body language.  When athletes are in a negative state of mind, they often express negative emotions through their actions and body language. For example, when under pressure, an athlete may be slumped over, or after making a mistake, they may throw their hands up in the air in frustration. Most of the time, expressing these negative emotions just makes the problem worse. You can do a much better job improving your mindset and performance by forcing yourself to stand tall and act confidently no matter what happens in games. Positive body language sends positive messages to your brain, which will actually help you feel more confident and motivated. Not only does your body language affect yo

Book Review: Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

We've all read self-help books that are meant to improve our confidence and self-esteem. While these books can be helpful, it's great to balance them out with a book like Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday. In this book, Holiday teaches you how to manage your ego, reconnect with reality, and focus on making a real impact in the world. Here are the top lessons I learned from reading this book: Ego can hurt us during any time in our lives. It can hurt us as we aspire towards our dreams. It can hurt us once we finally succeed in reaching our goals. And it can hurt us during times of adversity and failure. If we're not careful, we can allow our egos to sabotage our goals, prolong failure, and keep us from experiencing true happiness. When we first set out to achieve our goals, we look to successful people for inspiration. Often, we see their egos and assume that if we want to succeed like them, we need the same amount of pride, arrogance, and swagger. However, as Holiday points